S. Rept. 107-124: Disaster Mitigation Assistance For States and Local Governments, Report to Accompany S. 1632, December 13, 2001 [open pdf - 52KB]
"The Committee on Environment and Public Works, to which was referred a bill (S. 1632), to amend the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act to extend the deadline for submission of State recommendations of local governments to receive assistance for pre-disaster hazard mitigation and to authorize the President to provide additional repair assistance to individuals and households, having considered the same, reports favorably thereon and recommends that the bill do pass. […] Section 203 of the Stafford Act establishes a pre-disaster mitigation grant program. The program provides technical and financial assistance to State and local governments to assist in the implementation of pre-disaster hazard mitigation measures. The section allows State governors to submit recommendations for eligible communities. The deadline for these recommendations was October 1, 2001, and every October 1 thereafter. Prior to the deadline, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requested an extension of the deadline. The agency requested an amendment to the Stafford Act extending the recommendation deadline until 60 days after the enactment of the appropriation to implement this program. S.1632 incorporates this request. Section 408 of the Stafford Act establishes a program for federal assistance to individuals and households affected by a disaster. Specifically, section 408(c)(2) authorizes the President to provide financial assistance for the repair of owner-occupied private residences, utilities, and residential infrastructure damaged by a major disaster, and to make hazard mitigation grants. Repair assistance may not exceed $5,000. The Stafford Act limits the total federal assistance to individuals and households available under section 408 to $25,000."
S. Rept. 107-124; Senate Report 107-124
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